MoDOT to speak with Columbia Chamber of Commerce on future of Missouri roads

1 year 9 months 1 week ago Thursday, December 13 2018 Dec 13, 2018 Thursday, December 13, 2018 7:36:00 AM CST December 13, 2018 in News
By: Ethan Illers, KOMU 8 Reporter
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COLUMBIA - MoDOT Director Patrick McKenna will talk to the Columbia Chamber of Commerce Thursday about future plans for Missouri roads. This comes after Prop-D failed to pass on the November ballot.

According to a news release from the Chamber of Commerce, McKenna will discuss how the department plans to address maintenance of major roads in mid-Missouri and the state. McKenna will be also be discussing how the failure of Prop-D will affect upcoming projects.

If Prop-D had passed, more money would have been put into the state highway patrol and MoDOT would be able to work on state-funded projects.

According to Columbia Chamber of Commerce President Matt McCormick, a big concern is the funding of the transportation system. 

"We need to figure out something to fund our transportation system that we have here in the state, so that we can continue to move goods and services from around our communities, but also across our counties and across our state as a whole," McCormick said. 
McCormick also voiced his disappointment on the failure of Prop-D.
"It was definitely a disappointment that [Prop-D] did not pass," McCormick said. "It was something our chamber endorsed and many chambers and many communities around the state endorsed. [Prop-D] did not solve all of our problems, but it did help us start going in that right direction."
McKenna will be meeting with the chamber at 11:45 a.m. Thursday. 
"Our path forward is simple; we will work every day to improve the condition of our infrastructure and our organization," McKenna said in a statement on MoDOT's website. 

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